David Lavelle

July 2nd, 1928 to March 28th, 2012

David Hugh Lavelle, 83, of Port Huron, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2012 after a long illness.

He was born July 2, 1928 in Gladstone, Michigan to the late Lawrence and Stella Lavelle. He married Mary Ann Cooper on December 12, 1959 in Boise, Idaho.

David graduated from Gladstone High School in May 1946. After graduation, he served three years in the U.S. Air Force in San Antonio, Texas and Anchorage, Alaska. After he was discharged from the Air Force, he attended Michigan Technological University and graduated in 1956 with degrees in Mechanical and Civil Engineering. He worked for Morrison-Knudsen Company in Boise for 18years and then worked for Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco for 25 years. While employed with Morrison-Knudson and Bechtel, he worked on several construction projects in the U.S. and also in Asia and England.

After retiring, David bought 40 acres of land near Indian River, Michigan for a hunting camp where he could pursue his love of fishing and hunting. He especially enjoyed the hunting trips he took with his son to Idaho, Arizona and Nova Scotia, and the rafting trip through the Grand Canyon that he took with his daughter.

David was a hard worker, but also enjoyed his hobbies. In addition to the hunting, fishing and travelling, he enjoyed camping, playing golf, and helping family in any way that he could. David and Mary Ann were members of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Port Huron.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Ann of Port Huron Township; children, David Mark (Kim) Lavelle of North Street and Cynthia (Dan) Seib of Woodland Park, Colorado; three grandchildren, Rebecca and Jakob Seib and Brooke Lavelle; brother, Larry (Irene) Lavelle of Gladstone; sister, Kathy (Jim) Lacosse of Cornell; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Moberg, and brother, James Lavelle.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 2, 2012 in Skradski Funeral Home, 706 Wisconsin Avenue, Gladstone, Michigan with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery, Escanaba Township, Michigan.

Memorials may be made to the Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation.

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